FAQs: Jobs

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People working in London

What are the UK job prospects?

The UK is a very dynamic place to work, especially in and around London. Depending on your particular circumstances and the type of work you are looking for, will determine how quickly you will find a job. The different seasons of the year can effect your prospects – in the run up to the Christmas and New Year holidays there is always a boost to retail, part time and temporary employment opportunities. However during the winter months there are likely to be fewer jobs available, partly due to the lack of time from recruiters.

The UK economy has been steadily growing over the last decade with employment at a healthy level. For some industries, such as IT or Finance, the need for skilled professionals is far higher then in other countries. The strength of the Pound Sterling also proves attractive for overseas workers, which can result in far higher earnings when comparing like for like jobs from your home country. Don’t forget that the UK is an expensive place to live as well as a great place to earn more!

Often the biggest hurdle for new arrivals is having enough funds for the first 2-6 weeks while looking for a job. Keep this in mind when considering where to stay, it’s a good idea to seek temporary accommodation until you find a job, after which you can move into something more permanent that’s suits you.

Do you always receive a quick response to job applications?

Unfortunately in most cases the answer is no. After applying for a job you may have to wait up to a week before you are called for an interview, it can still take another week after the interview before you get an answer.

For some job types such as short temporary jobs, where you are filling in for someone or providing an extra pair of hands you are likely to the get a response quicker. Professional contracting jobs are also usually filled very quickly, but keep this in mind when applying for a job – it might be filled within 1-2 days!

How do I start looking for work?

There are lots of websites, newspapers and magazines that have job listings as do job centres. The best places to look are on websites and local newspapers. The first step is to make a CV. If you’re on a particular visa make sure that it’s mentioned in your CV. There are a lot of companies and agencies in the UK that help people find suitable work. Get in touch with them before you arrive and book an appointment to see them. This will save you time and hopefully can help get you job quicker!

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Can I get a job before I arrive?

Almost everyone that comes to the UK will have to look for a job when they get here. Unless you’ve been head hunted there is little chance in securing a job while still outside the UK. Employers will want to, at the least, interview you in person before offing you a position. For highly skilled professionals it’s a good idea to speak to recruitment companies and agencies as they may be able to forward your CV to some clients before you arrive – however for the majority of people the best way to get a job is to apply for one once in the UK.

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